The Fiat CR.42 Falco (“Falcon”) fighter aircraft was an Italian sesquiplane variant of the biplane design, where the lower wing was not more than half the surface of the upper wing. Introduced into Italian Regia Aeronautica service in 1939, the fighter was already obsolete in the World War Two era of modern, faster monoplane aircraft such as the French Dewoitine… Read More The Survivors: Fiat CR.42 Falco – Maneuverable But Outgunned!
The Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstörer (“Destroyer”) twin-engine heavy fighter was designed for the Luftwaffe to combat bombers and fighters alike. It seemed to offer it all when it was first flown on May 12th, 1936 and entered Luftwaffe service in 1937. With the introduction of more powerful Daimler-Benz DB 601 engines in 1938, the Bf 110C… Read More The Survivors: Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstörer
When Saturday September 3rd rolled around Paine Field, Washington was awash in misty rain and clouded over. Things didn’t look good but the weather forecast still held promise… A few hours later the sun was out and the warbirds were flying at the Vintage Aircraft Weekend hosted by the Historic Flight Foundation! A great day was had… Read More Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 – From the Battle of Britain to Pearl and Beyond
The 2015 Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 Demonstration Team (McDonnell Douglas CF-18A Hornet – jet 761 for this year) is painted in a special livery as a commemoration to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. This livery is like RAF and Commonwealth aircraft such as the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane which were painted… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: RCAF CF-18 Demo Team
The Battle of Britain was the largest and most famous air battle in history. By day and night the combatants from Britain’s Royal Air Force and their enemies in the German Luftwaffe (with some limited late support from Italy) fought in the skies over Britain between July 10th, 1940 and October 31st, 1940. France had fallen to… Read More The Battle of Britain 1940: A Duel of Eagles
The Junkers Ju-87 Stuka was an infamous dive bomber produced in Germany before and during World War Two (the name was derived from Sturzkampfflugzeug which translates to dive bomber). Approximately 6,500 were built between 1936 to 1944. In the Spanish Civil War (the Ju-87 entered combat with the German Condor Legion in 1937) and the early days of the Blitzkrieg… Read More Achtung Stuka!
The Battle of Britain hangar at the IWM Duxford tells the story of Britain’s air defence from World War One, World War Two and the Cold War period. Here you can see some of the greatest combat aircraft developed and used by Great Britain along with a couple of their old foes. From the two world wars the… Read More Imperial War Museum Duxford – Battle of Britain Hangar
During my travels in the UK in June 2012 I took a day trip from London to Cambridge, then caught a shuttle bus from the train station direct to the Imperial War Museum Duxford (the whole process could not have been easier). This is a massive museum with one of the worlds finest aviation collections from World War… Read More Imperial War Museum Duxford – One of the World’s Finest Air Museums
Supermarine Spitfires and a Hawker Hurricane take to the sky again…..in August 2012 the Flying Heritage Collection commemorated the 1940 Battle of Britain where the outnumbered RAF fought off the German Luftwaffe and saved Britain from imminent invasion. The Spitfire Mk.Vc and Hurricane Mk.XIIA of the Flying Heritage Collection were joined by the nearby Historic Flight Foundation’s Spitfire Mk.IXe.… Read More Battle of Britain Flying Day 2012
The Imperial War Museum Duxford in the UK has an incredible aviation collection with many rare and interesting displays. Something that really stood out for me whilst visiting the museum on June 13th, 2012 was that I have never seen so many Supermarine Spitfires (static and flying versions) in one location, as at Duxford! There are… Read More The Spitfires of Duxford